Conor McGregor has admitted it will be hard to beat Lionel Messi as the highest-paid sports star in 2021-22 following the Argentine's move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.
The UFC star was named as the best paid athlete in the world by Forbes back in May with $180m (£130m) in earnings, while Messi had an income of $130m (£94.5m).
However, with his move to the Ligue 1 giants, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner will earn £1m a week, and McGregor took to social media to confess he will find it difficult to beat Messi this year. Posting on Instagram, wearing a PSG shirt, the Irishman vowed to try his best to remain at the top of the Forbes' list, whilst also bragging he earned twice as much as tennis icon, Rodger Federer.
He wrote: "At the Beverly Hills supporting my bro @sergioramos at @psg. It’s crazy how this team has scooped all these incredible players up, and in such quick succession too. Messi is on 75mill U.S dollar a year, flat. Not including endorsement on top. He be hard to beat this year on the Forbes list without one more fight in the book. But that said don’t count me out.
"We are only 2 months into this new Forbes fiscal year and I already have his years wage boxed off hahaahahahaha. #forbesnumberone #theothercatsbeatanyway #doublefederer".
Messi's overall earnings will also include his endorsements, with the footballer earning $33m this past year, as per the Forbes list. That number is relatively small compared to McGregor's endorsements, with the MMA star picking up $158m last year, compared to just $22m in salary and winnings.